Marbeq Edgar and Moriba Morain successfully defended their event championships.
No. 3 Wildcats win four individual NAIA titles
GULF SHORES, Alabama – The No. 3 Wiley College men's track and field team ends the 2017 season with three athletes holding the title of NAIA Champion in four events at the 66th Annual NAIA Men's Track and Field Championship Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Moriba Morain (JR/Pleasance Park, Trinidad ) successfully defended his 100-meter dash title with a time of 10.14 – which was faster than the time he ran during the trial. In the 200-meter dash, Morain set a NAIA Championship record with his time of 20.32. His victory in the 200-meter dash, was his third career individual NAIA title - making him the most winningest Wildcat.
"I had a lot of expectations on me to defend my title," Morain said. "It was great setting the record in the 200-meter dash."
Along with two individual NAIA titles, Morain was awarded Outstanding Performer and co-Most Valuable Performer. He scored 20 points. With his eligibility expired, Morain will continue competing for his home country Trinidad and Tobago.
Kimorie Shearman (FR/St. Vincent) – who won NAIA Track Athlete of the Week in the last week of the regular season – capped off his freshman season by winning the 400-meter dash in a program and Red River Athletic Conference record of 45.92 – which was less than a second from the NAIA Championship record.
"It feels great," Shearman. "I came to nationals with the intention of winning it."
Marbeq Edgar (JR/Choiseul, St. Lucia) defended his 800-meter run championship with a time of 1:48.65 – becoming the second Wildcat to win multiple NAIA individual titles. Returning a senior in 2018, Edgar is looking to continue where he left off.
"I want to three-peat," Edgar said. "I want to score points in the 1,500-meter run."
The Wildcats would have had fifth national title with a victory in the 4 x 400-meter relay ran by Rajay Hamilton (JR/Jamaica), Morain, Edgar and Shearman. However, the NAIA granted Indiana Tech University's protest on a baseless claim that Shearman didn't run full effort in the 200-meter dash to save his energy for the 4 x 400-meter relay – causing the Wildcats to be disqualified in the event and forfeit 10 team points – which dropped Wiley College to third. The 57 points by the Wildcats was a program high in the NAIA Track and Field Championship.
A number of Wiley College Athletes earned NAIA All-American – Oraine Palmer (SO/Kingston, Jamaica) and Quinn-Lee Ralph (SR/Trinidad &Tobago) in the 100-meter dash. Ralph was also a All-American in the 200-meter dash. Shearman was also a NAIA All-American in the 200-meter dash. Hamilton was runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.62 – which is the third fastest time in program history. Shevan Parks (FR/Jamaica) was an All-American 800-meter runner with his time of 1:53.41.
Roger Ali (SR/Enterprise, Trinidad ), Mark, Ralph and Morain will depart. With defending NAIA champions Edgar and Shearman returning with All-Americans Palmer, Hamilton and Parks returning – Wiley College should be in position to contend for the 2018 national championship.